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The Inevitable Best-Of List (Sort Of)

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 31, 2005

I don't usually do a best-of at the end of the year. They're inevitably arbitrary, and I usually end up leaving out something that I really liked -- especially if it aired early in the year. But I do write a list of reasons why TV made me happy this year. While it was scheduled for Sunday's Beacon Journal, it has already popped up on ohio.com and you can find it here:


Heldenfels Gets Happy Feet.


This year, I had so much TV stuff to write about, I ended up citing 20 things instead of 10, making room for the extra items by keeping a lot of my comments short.  Even so, the list felt unfinished to me. I wish, for instance, I had had a chance to look more closely at some of the newer TV technology, to see if it merited inclusion. And there were shows that, while I liked what I saw, I didn't stick with as loyally as I did the shows in the list. ''Viva Blackpool,'' ''Slings and Arrows'' and ''Over There'' were shows that went into my see-more pile -- only I didn't get around to seeing them.


And just sticking to programming I watched, the list was a work in progress right up to the point when I left for vacation. While on break, I considered going into the office to make at least one more change. (I think it was to add ''Entourage,'' since I didn't miss an episode, although I don't know what I would have removed from the list to make room.)


I also thought about throwing in a list of disappointments, but I was so overloaded with good things that I didn't see a great need to be a bummer. People who watch TV with any regularity find plenty of reasons to be unhappy without my reminding them.


It's better, I think, to reflect on all the good stuff we have had this year, and not only the things on my list. Other critics, and other viewers, undoubtedly have their own favorites. I hope you had plenty, too.


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